LA Times Crossword Answers 17 Feb 17, Friday










Constructed by: Mark Feldman

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Punny Swaps

Each of today’s themed answers relates to a common, two-word phrase. The last word in that phrase has been replaced by a homophone, and then phrase’s word-order has been switched:

  • 17A. Ladies’ man with laryngitis? : HOARSE STUD (from “stud horse”)
  • 28A. Infant at bath time? : BARE BABY (from “baby bear”)
  • 44A. High schooler just hanging out? : IDLE TEEN (from “teen idol”)
  • 58A. Ordinary-looking fashion VIP? : PLAIN MODEL (from “model plane”)

Bill’s time: 8m 56s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

6. Popular speaker : BOSE

Bose Corporation was founded in 1964 by Amar G. Bose, and is a company that specializes in manufacture of audio equipment.

10. Unlike Wabash College : CO-ED

Wabash College is an all-male school in Crawfordsville, Indiana that was founded in 1832 as the Wabash Teachers Seminary and Manual Labor College. Wabash is one of only three all-male liberal arts colleges left in the US. The other two are Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and Morehouse College in Georgia.

14. “Voilà!” : THERE!

“Voilà” means “there it is”, and “voici” means “here it is”. The terms come from “voi là” meaning “see there” and “voi ici” meaning “see here”.

16. Company with a Select Guest loyalty program : OMNI

Omni Hotels & Resorts is headquartered in Irvine, California and has properties in the US, Canada and Mexico.

17. Ladies’ man with laryngitis? : HOARSE STUD (from “stud horse”)

The word “stud”, meaning “a male horse kept for breeding”, is derived from the Old English word “stod”, which described a whole herd of horses. The term “stud” can be used figuratively for a “ladies’ man”.

The suffix “-itis” is used to denote inflammation, as in laryngitis (inflammation of the larynx), otitis (inflammation of the ear) and sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses).

20. Airport NNW of IND : ORD

O’Hare International is the fourth busiest airport in the world. The original airport was constructed on the site between 1942 and 1943, and was used by the Douglas Aircraft Company for the manufacture of planes during WWII. Before the factory and airport were built, there was a community in the area called Orchard Place, so the airport was called Orchard Place Airport/Douglas Field. This name is the derivation of the airport’s current location identifier: ORD (OR-chard D-ouglas). Orchard Place Airport was renamed to O’Hare International in 1949 in honor of Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare who grew up in Chicago. O’Hare was the US Navy’s first flying ace and a Medal of Honor recipient in WWII.

Indianapolis International Airport (IND), located just a few miles from the city’s downtown area, is the largest airport in Indiana.

21. Spicy cuisine : CREOLE

Creole is the term used in Haiti to describe all of the native people, as well as the music, food and culture of the country. 80% of the Haitian Creole people are so called black creoles, descendants of the original Africans brought to the island as slaves during the French colonial days.

23. Goneril’s husband : ALBANY

In Shakespeare’s “King Lear”, the king’s daughter Goneril is married to the Duke of Albany.

25. Revered sage, in India : MAHATMA

Mohandas Gandhi was a political and spiritual leader in India in the first part of the 20th century, as the country sought independence from Britain. He was also referred to as “Mahatma”, meaning “great soul”. His remarkable philosophy of nonviolence and living a modest lifestyle was a great inspiration to the Indian people. India (and Pakistan) was granted independence in 1947. Tragically, Gandhi was assassinated the very next year by a Hindu nationalist.

29. 1995 “Live at Red Rocks” pianist : TESH

John Tesh is a pianist and composer, as well as a radio and television presenter. For many years Tesh presented the show “Entertainment Tonight”. For “ET” he once covered the filming of an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. As part of the piece, he volunteered to act as a Klingon warrior. If you see the “Star Trek: TNG” episode called “The Icarus Factor” in reruns, watch out for John Tesh engaging in ritual torture with Mr. Worf as his victim.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is an open-air venue for the performing arts near Morrison, Colorado.

30. African scourge : TSETSE

Tsetse flies live on the blood of vertebrate mammals. The name “tsetse” comes from Tswana, a language of southern Africa, and translates simply as “fly”. Tsetse flies are famous for being carriers of the disease known as “sleeping sickness”. Sleeping sickness is caused by a parasite which is passed onto humans when the tsetse fly bites into human skin tissue. If one considers all the diseases transmitted by the insect, then the tsetse fly is responsible for a staggering quarter of a million deaths each year.

32. Indian silk-producing region : ASSAM

Assam is a state in the very northeast of India, just south of the Himalayas. Assam is noted for its tea as well as its silk.

34. Suffix with ethyl : -ENE

Ethylene (also called “ethene”) has a gazillion uses, including as an anesthetic and an aid to hastening the ripening of fruit. Ethylene’s most common use is as a major raw material in the manufacture of plastics (like polyethylene).

35. “Same here” : DITTO

“Ditto” was originally used in Italian (from Tuscan dialect) to avoid repetition of the names of months in a series of dates. So, “ditto” is just another wonderful import from that lovely land …

48. Highest peak in the Armenian plateau : ARARAT

Mount Ararat is in Turkey. Ararat is a snow-capped, dormant volcano with two peaks. The higher of the two, Greater Ararat, is the tallest peak in the country. Ararat takes its name from a legendary Armenian hero called Ara the Beautiful (or Ara the Handsome). According to the Book of Genesis, Noah’s ark landed on Mount Ararat as the Great Flood subsided.

50. Armed ocean dweller? : SEA STAR

Starfish (sometimes “sea stars”) come in many shapes and sizes, but commonly have “pentaradial symmetry”, meaning they have symmetric body-shapes with five points. Most starfish are predators, mainly living on a diet of mollusks such as clams and oysters.

52. Pride parade letters : LGBT

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)

The first pride parades were held all on the same weekend in 1970, in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

53. “Macbeth” spot descriptor : DAMNED

Lady Macbeth is an evil and treacherous woman in William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”. The most famous line uttered by Lady Macbeth has to be:

Out, damned spot! Out, I say!

In this line, Lady Macbeth is frantically rubbing at her hand trying to get rid of an imaginary bloodstain left there after she committed four murders.

55. Division of the Justice Dept. : ATF

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is today part of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The ATF has its roots in the Department of Treasury dating back to 1886 when it was known as the Bureau of Prohibition. “Explosives” was added to the ATF’s name when the bureau was moved under the Department of Justice (DOJ) as part of the reorganization called for in the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

57. Buffalo’s county : ERIE

There are three Erie Counties in the US:

  • Erie County, New York (with Buffalo as the county seat)
  • Erie County, Ohio (with Sandusky as the county seat)
  • Erie County, Pennsylvania (with Erie as the county seat)

64. Nasdaq competitor : NYSE

The roots of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) go back to 1792 when a group of 24 stock brokers set up the New York Stock & Exchange Board. They did so in an agreement signed under a buttonwood tree outside 68 Wall Street. That document became known as the Buttonwood Agreement. Today, the NYSE is located in National Historic Landmark building with the address 11 Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City.

The NASDAQ trading system created in 1971 is the successor to the over-the-counter (OTC) trading system that was common at the time. OTC trading is done directly between two parties without being facilitated by an exchange.

65. Like Vikings : NORSE

The Vikings were a Germanic people from northern Europe who were noted as great seafarers. Key to the success of the Vikings was the design of their famous “longships”. Made from wood, the longship was long and narrow with a shallow hull, It was also light, so that the crew would actually carry it small distances over land and around obstacles. Longships were designed to be propelled both by sail and by oars.

Down

1. Emperor after Galba : OTHO

AD 69 was a year of civil war in ancient Rome. The unrest started with the death of emperor Nero in AD 68, after which followed the brief rule of Galba, of Otho, of Vitellius, and of Vespasian all in the same year. As a result, AD 69 became known as the Year of the Four Emperors.

2. Bach works : CHORALES

Johann Sebastian Bach died when he was 65-years-old, in 1750. He was buried in Old St. John’s Cemetery in Leipzig, and his grave went unmarked until 1894. At that time his coffin was located, removed and buried in a vault within the church. The church was destroyed in an Allied bombing raid during WWII, and so after the war the remains had to be recovered and taken to the Church of St. Thomas in Leipzig.

3. Word associated with Sleepy Hollow : HEADLESS

The Headless Horseman is a character in Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleep Hollow “.

5. Checkout correction, perhaps : RESCAN

The first UPC-marked item to get scanned in a store was on June 26, 1974 at 08:01 a.m. at Marsh’s supermarket in Troy, Ohio. It was a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum.

6. “Point Break” co-star : BUSEY

The actor Gary Busey is perhaps most acclaimed for playing Buddy Holly in the 1978 biographical film “The Buddy Holly Story”. In 1988, Busey was suffered a skull fracture in a motorcycle accident in which he was not wearing a helmet. Busey himself has stated that the resulting brain injury has altered his behavior, causing him to speak and act impulsively.

10. Informal discussion : CONFAB

“Confab”, meaning “chat” is a shortened form of “confabulation”. The word “confabulation” derives from the Latin from “com” (together) and “fabula” (a tale). “Fabula” is also the root of our word “fable”.

11. Last book of Puzo’s “Godfather” trilogy : OMERTA

The novelist and screenwriter Mario Puzo, was best known for his book “The Godfather”, which he also co-adapted for the big screen. Puzo also wrote two sequels, “The Last Don” and “Omertà”, that latter being published after his death. His name is less associated with some very famous screenplays that he wrote, including “Earthquake”, “Superman” and “Superman II”. Puzo won two Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay: for “The Godfather” (1972) and for “The Godfather Part II” (1974).

“Omertà” is a code of honor in southern Italian society. The term has been adopted by the Mafia to mean a code of silence designed to prevent a Mafioso from becoming an informer. For example, the famous Joe Valachi was someone who broke the code of silence in 1963, informing on the New York Mafia. Valachi’s story was told in the movie “The Valachi Papers”, with Charles Bronson playing the lead.

18. “Trophy, Hypertrophied” artist : ERNST

Max Ernst was a painter and sculptor, a pioneer in the Dada movement and Surrealism. Ernst was born near Cologne in Germany in 1891 and he was called up to fight in WWI, as were most young German men at that time. In his autobiography he writes “Max Ernst died the 1st of August, 1914” a statement about his experiences in the war. In reality, Ernst died in 1976 having lived to the ripe old age of 85.

24. __ Men: “Who Let the Dogs Out” band : BAHA

The Baha Men are so called because they hail from the Bahamas. Their big hit was “Who Let the Dogs Out?”, which has been ranked as third in a list of the world’s most annoying songs!

27. Rail system that services 20-Across : CTA
(20A. Airport NNW of IND : ORD)

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

28. Dahomey, since 1975 : BENIN

The Republic of Benin is a country in West Africa. Benin used to be a French colony, and was known as Dahomey. Dahomey gained independence in 1975, and took the name Benin after the Bight of Benin, the body of water on which the country lies.

33. Actor Damon : MATT

Matt Damon is an actor and screenwriter from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Damon’s big break came with the 1997 movie “Good Will Hunting” in which he starred. He co-wrote the screenplay with his childhood friend Ben Affleck.

36. OPEC founding member : IRAN

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded in 1960 at a conference held in Baghdad, Iraq that was attended by Iraq, Kuwait, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Nine more countries joined the alliance soon after, and OPEC set up headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and then Vienna, Austria in 1965. The basic aim of OPEC was to wrench control of oil prices from the oil companies and to put it in the hands of the sovereign states that own the natural resource.

37. Ring fighter : TOREADOR

“Toreador” is an old Spanish word for a bullfighter, but it’s a term not used any more in Spain nor in Latin America. In English we use the term “toreador”, but in Spanish a bullfighter is a “torero”. A female bullfighter in a “torera”.

38. Pop-up items : TOASTERS

The electric toaster is a Scottish invention, created by the Alan McMasters in Edinburgh in 1893.

39. As of 1937, he was the all-time N.L. home run leader until Mays surpassed him in 1966 : OTT

At 5′ 9″, baseball legend Mel Ott weighed just 170 lb (I don’t think he took steroids!) and yet he was the first National League player to hit over 500 home runs. Sadly, Ott died in a car accident in New Orleans in 1958 when he was only 49 years old.

41. Like many a successful poker player : DEADPAN

The term “deadpan”, slang for an impassive expression, comes from dead (expressionless) and pan (slang for “face”).

44. Keys : ISLETS

A “key” (also “cay”) is a low island offshore, as in the Florida Keys. Our term in English comes from the Spanish “cayo” meaning “shoal, reef”.

45. Unilever deodorant brand : DEGREE

Degree is a brandname of deodorant in North America. The same product is marketed in the UK as Sure.

49. Serling’s birth name : RODMAN

Rodman “Rod” Serling was the man behind, and in front of, the iconic science-fiction TV series “The Twilight Zone”. Serling used a lot of the shows he created to advance his strongly held views against war (he was a soldier in WWII), and against racism and censorship.

51. Ouzo flavoring : ANISE

Ouzo is an aperitif from Greece that is colorless and flavored with anise. Ouzo is similar to pastis from France and also has a flavor like sambuca from Italy.

54. “Serpico” author Peter : MAAS

Peter Maas was journalist and author. Maas wrote a couple of books that were adapted into successful movies. He wrote a biography of New York City Police officer Frank Serpico that was made into the 1973 “Serpico” starring Al Pacino in the title role. He also wrote a biography of a low-level Mafia informant called “The Valachi Papers” that was was made into a 1972 film of the same name starring Charles Bronson as Valachi.

59. “Star Trek: DSN” changeling : ODO

Odo is a character in the “Star Trek” spin-off “Deep Space Nine”. He is the chief of security on the space station and is a Changeling, meaning that he can assume any shape that he wishes. Odo is played by René Auberjonois, an actor you might remember as Father Mulcahy in the movie version of “M*A*S*H”.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1. Earth tone : OCHER

6. Popular speaker : BOSE

10. Unlike Wabash College : CO-ED

14. “Voilà!” : THERE!

15. Over : UPON

16. Company with a Select Guest loyalty program : OMNI

17. Ladies’ man with laryngitis? : HOARSE STUD (from “stud horse”)

19. Ultimately earns : NETS

20. Airport NNW of IND : ORD

21. Spicy cuisine : CREOLE

22. A native of : FROM

23. Goneril’s husband : ALBANY

25. Revered sage, in India : MAHATMA

27. Sweeps, e.g. : CLEANS

28. Infant at bath time? : BARE BABY (from “baby bear”)

29. 1995 “Live at Red Rocks” pianist : TESH

30. African scourge : TSETSE

32. Indian silk-producing region : ASSAM

34. Suffix with ethyl : -ENE

35. “Same here” : DITTO

40. Counsel : ADVISE

43. Cheer : ROOT

44. High schooler just hanging out? : IDLE TEEN (from “teen idol”)

48. Highest peak in the Armenian plateau : ARARAT

50. Armed ocean dweller? : SEA STAR

51. Makes it right : ATONES

52. Pride parade letters : LGBT

53. “Macbeth” spot descriptor : DAMNED

55. Division of the Justice Dept. : ATF

57. Buffalo’s county : ERIE

58. Ordinary-looking fashion VIP? : PLAIN MODEL (from “model plane”)

60. Marketing opener : TELE-

61. “What a shame” : ALAS

62. Really like : ADORE

63. Aren’t really, maybe : SEEM

64. Nasdaq competitor : NYSE

65. Like Vikings : NORSE

Down

1. Emperor after Galba : OTHO

2. Bach works : CHORALES

3. Word associated with Sleepy Hollow : HEADLESS

4. Goof : ERR

5. Checkout correction, perhaps : RESCAN

6. “Point Break” co-star : BUSEY

7. Vision: Pref. : OPTO-

8. They’re meant for each other : SOUL MATES

9. Makes beloved : ENDEARS

10. Informal discussion : CONFAB

11. Last book of Puzo’s “Godfather” trilogy : OMERTA

12. Bury : ENTOMB

13. Alarm : DISMAY

18. “Trophy, Hypertrophied” artist : ERNST

24. __ Men: “Who Let the Dogs Out” band : BAHA

26. Follow : HEED

27. Rail system that services 20-Across : CTA

28. Dahomey, since 1975 : BENIN

31. One at a time : SEVERALLY

33. Actor Damon : MATT

36. OPEC founding member : IRAN

37. Ring fighter : TOREADOR

38. Pop-up items : TOASTERS

39. As of 1937, he was the all-time N.L. home run leader until Mays surpassed him in 1966 : OTT

41. Like many a successful poker player : DEADPAN

42. Consumed : EATEN

44. Keys : ISLETS

45. Unilever deodorant brand : DEGREE

46. Likely to change : LABILE

47. Regard : ESTEEM

49. Serling’s birth name : RODMAN

51. Ouzo flavoring : ANISE

54. “Serpico” author Peter : MAAS

56. Hightail it : FLEE

59. “Star Trek: DSN” changeling : ODO

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LA Times Crossword Answers 2 Sep 16, Friday




LA Times Crossword Solution 2 Sep 16







Constructed by: Mark Feldman

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Spooner

Today’s themed answers are all SPOONERISMS:

  • 66A…Oxford don associated with slips similar to 17-, 28-, 45-, and 59-Across..SPOONER
  • 17A…Politically active fowl?..TRUMP DUCK (spoonerism of “dump truck”)
  • 28A…Clever insect?..CUNNING ROACH (spoonerism of “running coach”)
  • 45A…Embarrassed avian?..BLUSHING CROW (spoonerism of “crushing blow”)
  • 59A…Street-wise amphibian?..ROUGH TOAD (spoonerism of “tough road”)
  • Bill’s time: 11m 21s

    Bill’s errors: 3

    • BEAUT (beast!)
    • RATITE (ratine)
    • AUTO (asno!)



    Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

    Across

    1…Books in which each sheet of paper is folded into eight leaves..OCTAVOS

    Some common book formats/sizes are folio, octavo and quarto. For an octavo book, sixteen pages of text are printed, eight pages on each side of a “full-size” piece of paper. The pages are formed by folding the sheet of paper three times in half, giving a group of sixteen pages printed on eight leaves (after separation). The size of the resulting pages of course depends on the size of the original sheet, but each page is one eighth the size of that original (hence the name octavo). Nowadays the octavo size refers to books that are between eight and ten inches tall.

    17…Politically active fowl?..TRUMP DUCK (spoonerism of “dump truck”)

    When Donald Trump won the nomination as presidential candidate in 2016, he wasn’t the first candidate to become the Republican nominee without any political experience. The most famous such candidate in recent decades was Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was put on the top of the ticket in 1952.

    18…Eyelashes..CILIA

    “Cilia” is Latin for “eyelashes”.

    19…”A Chorus Line” number..ONE

    “One” is “one” of the big numbers in the hit musical “A Chorus Line”.

    One singular sensation
    Every little step she takes
    One thrilling combination
    Every move that she makes
    One smile and suddenly nobody else will do
    You know you’ll never be lonely with you know who

    “A Chorus Line” is a phenomenal hit musical first staged in 1975, with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban. The original Broadway production ran for well over 6,000 performances, making it the longest running production in Broadway history up to that time, a record held for over 20 years (until “Cats” came along).

    20…Goddess with a throne headdress..ISIS

    Isis was the ancient Egyptian goddess of fertility, as well as the protector of the dead and the goddess of children. She was the personification of the pharaoh’s power. The name “Isis” translates as “throne”, and she is usually depicted with a headdress shaped like a throne.

    22…Become clear..JELL

    “Jell” means to congeal, to set. The word has been used since the early 1800s, and comes from the earlier word “jelly”. Nowadays, we tend to use the alternate spelling “gel”.

    23…Flair..ELAN

    Our word “élan” was imported from French, in which language the word has a similar meaning to ours, i.e “style” or “flair”.

    28…Clever insect?..CUNNING ROACH (spoonerism of “running coach”)

    The insect known as a cockroach is closely related to the termite. Although generally considered a pest, the lowly cockroach has at least one claim to fame. A cockroach named Nadezhda was sent into space in 2007 by Russian scientists, where it became the first terrestrial creature to give birth in space. Nadezhda bore 33 cockroaches.

    33…Dresden’s river..ELBE

    The River Elbe rises in the Czech Republic and travels over a thousand kilometers before emptying into the North Sea near the port of Hamburg in Germany.

    The German city of Dresden was almost completely destroyed during WWII, especially as a result of the famous firebombing of the city in 1945. Restoration work in the inner city in recent decades led to it being designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, in 2006 when the city built a highway bridge close to the city center, UNESCO took Dresden off the list. This marked the only time a European location has lost World Heritage status.

    39…Doozy..BEAUT

    A “doozy” is something extraordinary or bizarre. The word’s exact origins aren’t clear, but it might be a derivative of the name Eleanora Duse, an Italian actress popular early in the 20th century.

    41…Loan fig…PCT

    Percent (pct.)

    42…”The Little Mermaid” prince..ERIC

    “The Little Mermaid” is a 1989 animated feature from Disney that is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name. It tells the story of a mermaid princess named Ariel who falls in love with the human Prince Eric. Ariel’s father is chief merman King Triton.

    44…The kiwi is the smallest one..RATITE

    Ratites are species of birds that cannot fly. Ratites are different physiologically than other birds in that they have nowhere on their sternum to attach the muscles needed for flight.

    The kiwi is an unusual bird in that it has a highly developed sense of smell and is the only one of our feathered friends with nostrils located at the tip of its long beak.

    51…Sandy’s home..UTAH

    The city of Sandy is a suburb of Salt Lake City.

    54…Achievement of many a CEO..MBA

    The world’s first Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree was offered by Harvard’s Graduate School of Business Administration, in 1908.

    Chief executive officer (CEO)

    63…Birch of “American Beauty”..THORA

    Thora Birch is an actress from Los Angeles. Birch is probably best known for her breakthrough role in the 1999 movie “American Beauty” in which she was the insecure daughter of a married couple played by Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening.

    While I found the film “American Beauty” to be an enjoyable and interesting film (loved Annette Bening in it), I also found it very depressing. If you haven’t seen it, the main story is about a man having a midlife crisis (played by Kevin Spacey) and developing an infatuation for his teenage daughter’s flirtatious friend (played by Mena Suvari, and whom I guess is the “American Beauty”). It’s definitely worth watching, and received got huge accolades when released in 1999.

    65…Slender woman..SYLPH

    A sylph (also “sylphid”) is a mythological creature, an invisible and wispy being of the air. We also use the term “sylph” to describe a slender and graceful woman.

    66…Oxford don associated with slips similar to 17-, 28-, 45-, and 59-Across..SPOONER

    Spoonerisms are errors in speech in which letters or sounds are switched from one word to another. Famous examples are “Three cheers for our queer old dean” (dear old Queen … Victoria) and “Is it kisstomary to cuss the bride?” (customary to kiss …). Spoonerisms are named after an Oxford don William Archibald Spooner, who was notorious for his tendency to pepper his speech with “spoonerisms”.

    Down

    1…Anne Frank’s father..OTTO

    Anne Frank has to be one of the most famous victims of the Holocaust. This is largely because the story of this young girl lives on in her widely published diary, and in adaptations of the diary for stage and screen. Anne Frank was a German until she lost her nationality in 1941 when the Nazis came to power. By this time she was living with her family in Amsterdam, as the Franks chose to flee Germany in 1933. When the Germans occupied the Netherlands, the family went into hiding in the attic of Otto Frank’s office building (Otto was Anne’s father). There the family hid for two whole years until they were betrayed. The family was split up, and Anne and her sister died from typhus in a concentration camp in 1945.

    2…With 13-Across, Mexican restaurant choices..CORN
    13…See 2-Down..TORTILLAS

    “Tortilla” translates from Spanish literally as “little cake”.

    4…20s dispenser..ATM

    ATM (Automatic Teller Machine)

    5…Bigwig..VIP

    A “bigwig” is someone important. The use of the term harks back to the days when men of authority and rank wore big wigs.

    7…Swinging about..SLUING

    “To slue” (also “slew) is to turn sharply, or to rotate on an axis.

    8…__ fly: productive MLB out..SAC

    That would be a sac(rifice) fly, in baseball.

    9…Hebrew prophet..ELIJAH

    Elijah was a prophet in the northern kingdom of Israel according to the Books of Kings in the Hebrew Bible and the Qur’an. The name “Elijah” translates from Hebrew as “My God is Yahweh”. Elijah is also known Elias.

    11…Operatic vocal effect..TRILL

    In music a “trill” is the rapid alternation of two tones that are very close to each other to make a vibrato sound.

    14…Coolers, briefly..ACS

    Room coolers are air conditioning units (ACs).

    25…Mayo is in it..ANO

    In Spanish, “mayo” (May) is one of the months of the “año” (year).

    29…Letters at N.C.’s Camp Lejeune..USMC

    Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is located in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The 246-square mile facility includes 14 miles of beaches, making Camp Lejeune important for amphibious assault training. Built in 1941, the base was named for the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps John A. Lejeune, who served in the USMC for nearly forty years, and who is often referred to as the “greatest of Leathernecks”.

    30…Drink order..NEAT

    The adjective “neat” has been used to describe “straight liquor” since about 1800. Before then, the term applied to wine, when it meant “unadulterated wine”. The term comes from Old French “net” meaning “clear, pure”.

    31…Clinton’s first Labor secretary..REICH

    Robert Reich is a political economist who served in three administrations, with Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and with Bill Clinton, for whom he was Secretary of Labor.

    35…Aries or Taurus..AUTO

    The Dodge Aries (and the Plymouth Reliant) were Chrysler’s first “K-cars”, introduced in 1981. The K-cars were designed to carry 6 passengers, on two bench seats. Remember taking a corner a little too fast on those seats, in the days when no one wore seat belts?

    The Taurus is an incredibly successful car that was introduced by Ford in 1985. The Taurus was the successor to the Ford LTD, and is still in production today. The Taurus was the best-selling automobile in the US between 1992 and 1996, before being knocked off its pedestal by Japanese imports.

    43…Hose problems..RUNS

    A “snag” is a pull or a tear in a fabric. A snag, particularly in stockings, might lead to a run. And on the other side of the Atlantic, a “run” is called a “ladder”.

    44…Stranded messenger..RNA

    Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) is an essential catalyst in the manufacture of proteins in the body. The genetic code in DNA determines the sequence of amino acids that make up each protein. That sequence is read in DNA by messenger RNA, and amino acids are delivered for protein manufacture in the correct sequence by what is called transfer RNA. The amino acids are then formed into proteins by ribosomal RNA.

    45…C equivalent..B-SHARP

    That would be in music.

    46…Time units..ISSUES

    “Time” magazine has a readership of about 25 million, making it the largest circulation weekly news magazine in the world.

    49…Given orally, as evidence..PAROL

    In the law, a statement described as “parol” is given orally as opposed to in written form.

    55…Thorn in one’s side..BANE

    Today we tend to use the word “bane” to mean anathema, a source of persistent annoyance. A few centuries ago, a bane was a cause of harm or death, perhaps a deadly poison.

    56…Dely. destination..ADDR

    An address (addr.) is usually required for a delivery (dely.).

    58…Half a tuba sound..PAH

    The tuba is the lowest-pitched of all the brass instruments, and one of the most recent additions to the modern symphony orchestra (usually there is just one tuba included in an orchestral line-up). “Tuba” is the Latin word for “trumpet, horn”. Oom-pah-pah …

    60…Econ. yardstick..GDP

    A country’s Gross National Product (GNP) is the value of all services and products produced by its residents in a particular year. GNP includes all production wherever it is in the world, as long as the business is owned by residents of the country concerned. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is different, although related, and is the value of all services and goods produced within the borders of the country for that year.

    61…One-tenth of a Vietnamese dong, formerly..HAO

    The currency of Vietnam is known as the dong. One dong is divided into ten hao, and one hao is divided into ten xu.

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    Complete List of Clues and Answers

    Across

    1…Books in which each sheet of paper is folded into eight leaves..OCTAVOS

    8…Factions..SECTS

    13…See 2-Down..TORTILLAS

    16…Not likely to miss much..ALERT

    17…Politically active fowl?..TRUMP DUCK (spoonerism of “dump truck”)

    18…Eyelashes..CILIA

    19…”A Chorus Line” number..ONE

    20…Goddess with a throne headdress..ISIS

    22…Become clear..JELL

    23…Flair..ELAN

    26…Easily bent..PLIABLE

    28…Clever insect?..CUNNING ROACH (spoonerism of “running coach”)

    32…Comfortable with..USED TO

    33…Dresden’s river..ELBE

    34…Takes in..HAS

    37…Big hit..SMASH

    38…Subside, with “down”..DIE

    39…Doozy..BEAUT

    41…Loan fig…PCT

    42…”The Little Mermaid” prince..ERIC

    44…The kiwi is the smallest one..RATITE

    45…Embarrassed avian?..BLUSHING CROW (spoonerism of “crushing blow”)

    47…Fake it, in a way..LIP-SYNC

    50…Pageant accessory..SASH

    51…Sandy’s home..UTAH

    52…Puts in place..SETS

    54…Achievement of many a CEO..MBA

    57…Get rid of..SCRAP

    59…Street-wise amphibian?..ROUGH TOAD (spoonerism of “tough road”)

    63…Birch of “American Beauty”..THORA

    64…Require help..NEED A HAND

    65…Slender woman..SYLPH

    66…Oxford don associated with slips similar to 17-, 28-, 45-, and 59-Across..SPOONER

    Down

    1…Anne Frank’s father..OTTO

    2…With 13-Across, Mexican restaurant choices..CORN

    3…Loyal..TRUE

    4…20s dispenser..ATM

    5…Bigwig..VIP

    6…Dated..OLD

    7…Swinging about..SLUING

    8…__ fly: productive MLB out..SAC

    9…Hebrew prophet..ELIJAH

    10…Star..CELEB

    11…Operatic vocal effect..TRILL

    12…Dated..STALE

    14…Coolers, briefly..ACS

    15…Balancing aid on the slopes..SKI POLE

    21…Piece at the butcher shop..SLAB

    23…Goals..ENDS

    24…In a supple manner..LITHELY

    25…Mayo is in it..ANO

    27…Swell applications..ICE BAGS

    28…Edge..CUSP

    29…Letters at N.C.’s Camp Lejeune..USMC

    30…Drink order..NEAT

    31…Clinton’s first Labor secretary..REICH

    34…Locks often gray..HAIR

    35…Aries or Taurus..AUTO

    36…Brood..STEW

    38…Make out..DISCERN

    40…Make an impression..ETCH

    43…Hose problems..RUNS

    44…Stranded messenger..RNA

    45…C equivalent..B-SHARP

    46…Time units..ISSUES

    47…Hungers (for)..LUSTS

    48…Raring to go..ITCHY

    49…Given orally, as evidence..PAROL

    53…Golf club part..TOE

    54…Complain..MOAN

    55…Thorn in one’s side..BANE

    56…Dely. destination..ADDR

    58…Half a tuba sound..PAH

    60…Econ. yardstick..GDP

    61…One-tenth of a Vietnamese dong, formerly..HAO

    62…E’en if..THO’




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